Hawker Beechcraft Introduces More Powerful King Air, The B200GT

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Hawker Beechcraft this week also chose the EBACE event in Geneva to introduce its new Beechcraft King Air B200GT, an evolution of the popular Beechcraft King Air 200 turboprop. Using two new, recently certified Pratt and Whitney PT6A-52 engines designed specifically for the B200GT, the upgraded King Air features a 305-knot max cruise speed -- a nearly 20-knot increase -- and climbs faster to its intended cruising altitudes than the King Air B200 it replaces. The PT6A-52 engine was derived by mating the turbine section of the 1,050-shp-capable PT6A-60A found on the King Air 350 with the existing King Air B200 PT6A-42 gearbox. The result is an engine that holds its 850-shp flat rating to a much higher altitude, improving climb and cruise performance under almost all flight conditions. And because of its common PT6A lineage, it also enters the market with the same 3,600-hour TBO as the other Beechcraft King Air engines. The new engine also eliminates the 10,000-foot TOFA (Takeoff Field Altitude) limitation found on the King Air B200.

“Building on one of the most successful business aircraft of all time, the Beechcraft King Air B200GT is the next logical step in the evolution of the aircraft,” said Brad Hatt, president of Commercial Sales. “The new Pratt and Whitney engines move the entire flight envelope of the King Air B200GT higher and faster than the B200 ensuring that the new model will continue to lead this dynamic market segment for many years to come." Typically equipped price of the B200GT is $5,190,000, and certification and deliveries are on track for the third quarter of 2007. The company said it will pursue international certifications immediately after U.S. paperwork is obtained, with approvals by EASA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Argentina and Guatemala expected by the end of the year.